Xabi Alonso emerges as frontrunner for Tottenham job

According to reports, Tottenham Hotspur is thinking about making a formal offer to Bayer Leverkusen manager Xabi Alonso.

The Spurs management decided to fire Antonio Conte at the end of March, but they are still no closer to finding a permanent replacement.

Ryan Mason only has one point from games against Manchester United and Liverpool, and interim manager Cristian Stellini was fired after four games.

Spurs are now in a fight to finish in the top seven of the Premier League standings, with any chance of qualifying for the Champions League over, now that they are nine points behind fourth place with four games remaining.

Arne Slot of Feyenoord has also reportedly emerged as a potential candidate. Though De Telegraaf claims that Spurs are more drawn to Alonso’s extensive high-profile experiences from his playing days.

Alonso has won domestic leagues and Champions League in various nations, unlike Slot, who has spent his whole playing and coaching career in the Netherlands.

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Before leading Feyenoord to the Europa Conference League final in 2021–2022, Slot, 44, made an impression during his year and a half with AZ Alkmaar.

Feyenoord winning the Dutch championship would boost his reputation even more, but Alonso is already in high demand given the influence he has had at Leverkusen.

A poor but incredibly gifted team has been turned around by the Spaniard into contenders for European qualification through the Bundesliga.

In addition to currently holding the sixth spot in Germany’s top division, Leverkusen is also set to face Roma in the Europa League semifinals.

In total, Alonso has won 17 of his 31 matches in command, losing just seven. If it turns out that the 41-year-old would be thinking about leaving Leverkusen after less than a year in charge, Spurs may face stiff competition from elsewhere.